Lamar’s touch tops Skyhawks; UTM women win on road

Lamar’s touch tops Skyhawks; UTM women win on road

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 12:01 pm

UT Martin scorched the nets in the second half of Tuesday night’s game but could not match Lamar’s hot shooting in an 80-69 loss in men’s basketball at the Elam Center.
UTM (1-4) led for a portion of the first half and stayed within five points of Lamar for the majority of the second half, but the Cardinals shot 60.9 percent from the floor, including a 71.4 percent effort (15-for-21) in the second half.
Sophomore Mike Liabo poured in 20 points to pace UT Martin, while Corderio Maclin tallied a career-high 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line.
Lamar was led by Devon Lamb’s 23 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Miles (18 points) and Charlie Harper (13) also reached double-figures in the scoring column for the Cardinals.
Martez Harris gave the Skyhawks their first lead of the contest, draining his first collegiate three-pointer at the 17:55 mark to give UT Martin a 3-2 lead. Lamar responded with an 8-0 run and eventually pushed its lead out to nine points on two different occasions over the next six minutes.
The Skyhawks came back to tally an 11-1 run, culminating with a layup by Troy King with just over eight minutes left in the half to tilt the score in UT Martin’s favor, 19-18.
An 8-0 Lamar run in a span of 2:59 gave the Cardinals a 30-25 lead. A pair of Chris Richardson free throws got the Skyhawks back within one point before Lamar took a 34-29 halftime lead.
The Skyhawks were within four on a Liabo trey at the 14:32 mark, but Lamar answered with an 8-2 run to lead 54-44 with 11:33 to go.
Liabo ended the game by scoring 10 of the team’s last 13 points, but Lamar made a layup and sank all six of its free throw attempts down the stretch.
The Skyhawks travel to Mississippi State on Friday.
WOMEN
UTM 70, St. Louis 55
The Skyhawks used an 8-0 run in the first half to tie its game at 17-all and never looked back.
UTM, now 4-1 on the year, continues a five-game road trip with a stop at Indiana State on Wednesday. The road trip concludes Sunday, Dec. 4, at Memphis.
Sophomore guards Jasmine Newsome (25) and Heather Butler (21) combined for 46 of the Skyhawks’ 70 points against Saint Louis. Butler scored 19 points in the first half, while Newsome scored 22 points in the second half.
UT Martin sophomore Beth Hawn led the team with 13 rebounds, but the host Billikens still won the battle on the boards, 48-44.
Published in The WCP 11.23.11

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